Point Park University baseball recruiting class adds talent, depth to resurgent program
July 22, 2011
Javier Marticorena, the Florida 6A Player of the Year in 2010, is among the 2011-12 recruits. Submitted Photo.
PITTSBURGH – Point Park University baseball coach Loren Torres has announced his 2011-12 recruiting class, one that he hopes will help the program continue its quest to compete nationally in the NAIA.
The Pioneers experienced a big turnaround in 2011. They were 38-13 overall, were ranked No. 23 in the final NAIA baseball poll, won the American Mideast Conference regular season title, made a trip to the AMC Tournament finals and narrowly missed an at-large bid to the national tournament. All of that was after a 13-26 record the year before.
“We begin each season expecting to win, and this year will be no different,” said Torres, who is entering his third year at Point Park. “We’re very excited about this class and our team. We have better talent, there’s more baseball savvy and there’s no acceptance for losing mixed in with a desire to stand tall at the final out.
“We have quality arms coming in with this class that will complement our already solid pitching staff. We also have impact hitters who will fill holes left by seniors Dave Angle, Kyle Lucot, Bryce Pfeuffer, Frank Marko and Brian Grise. Those seniors provided more than talent to our ball club; they provided leadership and relentless mental toughness. We have the talent coming in, and it will be our job as coaches to make sure that the product we put on the field showcases as much mental toughness and leadership as the group we graduated. I am looking forward to the challenges that the 2012 season will bring.”
The Pioneers must replace five position starters that were lost to graduation. Point Park’s starting pitching staff returns intact along with its top relievers out of the bullpen.
The Point Park University Baseball 2011-12 recruiting class is as follows:
Horacio Acosta, RHP, 5-11, Jr., Miami, Fla., Westwood Christian HS, Wabash Valley (IL) College
Transfer from NJCAA DI Wabash Valley was 4-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 68 IP in 2011. Had 51 K, 21 BB.
Ossie Alfonzo, C, 5-9, So., Hialeah, Fla., Goleman HS, Florida Memorial Univ.
Transfer from Florida Memorial Univ. was All-Dade County Honorable Mention at Goleman HS.
Joseph Babincak, OF, 5-9, Fr., Gibsonia, Pa., Deer Lakes HS
All-WPIAL outfielder and Valley News Dispatch All-Star earned four letters at Deer Lakes HS
Franzee Barlamas, IF, 5-10, Fr., Conway, Pa., Freedom HS
Post-Gazette West all-star batted .426 with 17 RBIs and 23 runs at Freedom HS in 2011.
Kyle Baumholtz, IF, 5-8, Fr., Miami, Fla., American HS, Florida Gulf Coast University
Was named All-Dade County Second Team as a senior at American HS in 2010. Was a team captain for the Florida 6A state finalist.
Josh Brooks (pictured), RHP, 6-3, Jr., Phoenix, Ariz., Shadow Mountain HS, Ottawa (Kan.)
Transfer from NAIA Ottawa University appeared in 31 games and pitched 75 innings the last two years. Photo courtesy Ottawa Univ.
Jarrad Brown, IF, 5-10, Fr., Erie, Pa., Mercyhurst Prep HS
Was a two time all-region first team selection and earned four letters at Mercyhurst Prep HS
Mark Breisinger, RHP, 6-2, Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa., Baldwin HS, CCAC-South
Transfer from CCAC-South pitched in 10 games in 2011 with a 1-3 record and a 6.56 ERA
Jon Burns, RHP, 6-2, Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa., Bethel Park HS, Mercyhurst NE College
Transfer pitcher from Mercyhurst NE was 2-1 with one save and a 2.01 ERA in 10 games in 2011.
Tyler Cattapan, C, 5-9, Jr., Aurora, Ont., Cardinal Carter HS, Hill College
Earned team MVP honors at Cardinal Carter HS before going to Hill College for two years.
Michael Corbett, UT/RHP, 6-0, Fr. Monroeville, Pa., Gateway HS
Utility man is not only a pitcher but can also play IF, OF and C. Earned three letters at Gateway HS
Thaddeus Covaleski, IF/OF, 5-10, Fr., Pittsburgh, Pa., Allderdice HS
All-City League selection at Allderdice was also a member of the Steel City Select baseball team.
John Forrester, IF, 5-11, Fr., Pittsburgh, Pa., Brashear HS
All-City League performer was a team captain at Brashear HS where he earned four letters.
Michael Ganley, IF, 5-8, So., Bethel Park, Pa., Bethel Park HS, Duquesne University
Transfer from Duquesne played in 34 games and made 20 starts as a freshman in 2010. Had a .957 fielding percentage as an infielder.
Clay Groff, C, 5-9, Fr., Pittsburgh, Pa., Allderdice HS, Allegheny College
All-City League player at Allderdice went to Allegheny College in 2010-11 but did not play baseball
Troy Heidenreich, 3B/P, 6-2, Fr., Pittsburgh, Pa., Carlynton HS
WPIAL all-star and WPIAL all-section pick earned three letters at Carlynton HS
Marlon Leyva, C, 6-0, Jr., Miami, Fla., Florida Christian HS, St. Thomas (FL) University
Transfer from St. Thomas Univ. hit .291 with 1 HR and 10 RBIs in 21 games in 2011
Ted Litzler, IF, 6-0, Fr., Milford, OH, Milford HS
Earned the Eagle Award for hard work, dedication and disciple and earned three letters at Milford HS
Edgar Lopez, C, 5-10, Fr., Caguas, Puerto Rico
Product of Puerto Rico Baseball Academy
Isaiah Marsh, RHP, 6-0, So., Clear Brook, Va., Keystone Christian Acad., Clearwater Christian College
Transfer from NAIA Clearwater Christian was 2-4 in 43.2 IP as a freshman in 2011. Had 37 K, 18 BB
Javier Marticorena, IF/OF, 5-9, So., Miami, Fla., American HS, St. Thomas (FL) University
Transfer from St. Thomas University was named the Florida 6A Player of the Year in 2010 as a senior at American HS. The All-Dade County First Team selection hit .572 with 8 HR and 34 RBIs that year.
Don McDuffee, OF, 6-0, Jr., Champaign, IL, Centennial HS, Lake Land (IL) College
Transfer outfielder spent two years at Lake Land College, where he appeared in six games in 2011.
Phil Navatsyk (pictured), IF, 5-9, So., Chardon, OH, Chardon HS, Malone University
Transfer infielder played in 25 games as a freshman at Malone last year. He was 10 for 11 in stolen bases.
Manny Perdomo, RHP, 6-1, So., Hialeah, Fla., Ronald Regan HS, St. Thomas (FL) University
Transfer from St. Thomas Univ. was 3-6 with a 3.94 ERA as a freshman in 2011. Started in the NAIA Opening Round and gave up two earned runs in 4.2 IP.
Tommy Roth (pictured), OF, 6-0, Jr., Elgin, IL, Elgin HS, Elgin (IL) CC
Transfer from Elgin CC was an all-conference center fielder who hit .371 with 10 doubles, 35 RBIs and 48 runs in 2011. Photo courtesy Elgin CC.
Gaby Ruffino, OF, 5-10, Jr., Miami, Fla., Florida Christian HS, Lawson State CC
Transfer from Lawson State (AL) CC batted .289 with 10 RBI in 2011. He was All-Dade County Honorable Mention at Florida Christian HS.
Brandon Savka, C, 5-9, Fr., Creighton, Pa., Central Catholic HS
Baseball letterman was also a PIHL all-star in hockey at Central Catholic.
Nathan Spohn, LHP, 5-7, Fr., Greensburg, Pa., Greensburg Salem, West Chester University
Transfer from West Chester was a WPIAL all-section pitcher at Greensburg Salem HS where he was also a standout quarterback/defensive back in football.
Ty Trainor, IF, 5-8, So., Pittsburgh, Pa., Seton-LaSalle HS, CCAC-South
Transfer from CCAC-South hit .391 in 21 games in 2011 to earn all-region honors in NJCAA DIII Region 20.
Benjamin Wiedemer, LHP, 6-1, Fr., Turtle Creek, Pa., Central Catholic
American Legion all-star lettered three times at Central Catholic. Also the ace of Monroeville American Legion.
Zach Zimmerman, IF, 5-10, So., Greensburg, Pa., Hempfield HS, Westmoreland County CC
Transfer from Westmoreland County CC hit .303 with 10 RBIs in 30 games in 2011.